How do you know if you have arthritis in your thumb?

The most common and the earliest symptom of arthritis in the thumb is pain. When you try to grip or grasp an object or pinch something, you will experience pain at the base of the thumb. It will hurt when you apply force using your thumb.

However, there are other symptoms or signs like,

  • The base of the thumb will get swollen, and you will experience stiffness and tenderness
  • When you try to pinch or grab an object, the thumb will feel weak
  • The range of motion of the thumb will be very slow
  • The joint at the base of the thumb will either be enlarged or look bony